Helsinki, Finland

Program leaflet (pdf)
Paper abstracts (pdf)
Poster (pdf)

5.12.2014: Deadline for abstracts - closed
20.12.2014: Registration opens
2.2.2015: Deadline for papers


The aim of Development Day 2015 is to bring together researchers, students and development professionals to discuss new ways in which responsibilities are conceptualised and negotiated between citizens, states and corporations. How is responsibility redistributed and relegated in current discourse and practice? Who takes responsibility – and for what?

Development Day provides a space to present and debate research that looks at the question of responsibility over key areas in society. These include, for instance, work, education, research, health, culture, security, trade, property and the environment. Relatedly, the conference invites critical scrutiny of the role of different actors, such as the state and development agencies, NGOs, corporations as well as international organisations. The Development Day conference welcomes contributions that engage in both theoretical and policy-oriented research relating to the interaction between communities, states and corporations in development. Besides ethical and legal aspects of responsibility, the conference also looks at political responsiveness in these contexts. We also welcome multidisciplinary conceptualizations of the professional and technical, every day aspects of changing divisions of responsibility in political struggles across the globe.


Our keynote speakers include Dr. Dinah Rajak, author of “In Good Company: An Anatomy of Corporate Social Responsibility”, University of Sussex and Prof Bernadeta Killian, author of “The Women’s Land Rights Movement, Customary Law and Religion in Tanzania”, University of Dar es Salaam.


The thematic working group sessions represent the main bulk of academic debates during the conference. They are organized thematically and open to all registered participants in the conference, including those who do not present a paper. Please see a full list of working group presentations and abstracts online (pdf).


5 December 2014: Deadline for abstract submission (max. 250 words) – closed
20 December 2014: Conference registration opens
2 February 2015: Deadline for full papers